IMPRESSIVE ALL-NEW WARN WINCH LINEUP!

Introducing the AXON and VRX lineups! Plenty of pulling power!

WARN is very well known in our powersports industry as a premium winch manufacturer for trucks, jeeps, ATVs, UTVs and much more. This year marks their 70th year in production since WARN opened its doors in 1948 by original owner Arthur Warn. The successful company introduced the first ATV winch in 1987 called the A1500. Since then, WARN has highly improved upon their products. This year the company decided to step up their game and release two all-new lineups of winches and they did not disappoint. 

The WARN AXOM 4500RC is perfect for a sport UTV

THE AXON 

If you talk to any rock crawling, or mud pit running enthusiast, they will generally have a winch nestled on their machine. These riders love terrain that features the expectations of getting stuck. Getting stuck is never a fun time, and having the ability to get your self out of a sticky situation is crucial. The AXON line is WARN’s new top tier line that takes over the Pro Vantage line. 

The AXON’s main upgrade, aside from an all new outer casing that is sleek and strong, is their Motactor. The Motactor is the combination of the winches motor and the contactor (a separate [until now] terminal block that helps properly distribute the systems electrical power). packing the contactor into the motor housing allows the AXON to be prewired internally and then sealed shut with the help of a IP68 waterproof gasket. This also reduces installation time by a claimed 50% since you or your mechanic won’t have to run many wires to the contactor and then to the winch. All that runs out of the winch’s housing is one small wire pack and a connector.

 

Now that the electronics are fully sealed, WARN was able to install an intelligent system that informs you of how your winch is running. The universal switch that comes to mount in the dash, and the external remote on some models, have a LED light that informs you of how it’s running. The winch tells you when it is running low or doesn’t have enough power, when it is getting too hot to continue operating, and alerts you when you are reaching its load limit. 

The internal parts of the winch line have been strengthened and improved. The freespooling system allows you to pull the metal or synthetic rope out much quicker than before. There is a brake that can hold the full rated winch load with all-metal planetary gears. Even the all-metal construction of the AXON is improved over the Pro Vantage line with a tie-plates instead of rods. Pricing ranges from $499.99-$849.99 for the AXON line.

AXON winches are available in these configurations: 

  • – AXON 35: 3,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 7/32″ steel rope, roller fairlead, rockerbar digital control
    switch with handlebar-mount adapter 
  • – AXON 35-S: 3,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 3/16″ Spydura synthetic rope, Epic hawse fairlead,
    black hook, rockerbar digital control switch with handlebar-mount adapter 
  • – AXON 45: 4,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 1/4″ steel rope, roller fairlead, rockerbar digital control
    switch with corded digital remote 
  • – AXON 45-S: 4,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 1/4″ Spydura synthetic rope, Epic hawse fairlead,
    black hook, rockerbar digital control switch and corded digital remote 
  • – AXON 45RC: 4,500 lb. capacity, narrow short-drum configuration for the space constraints of
    sport Side x Sides, 27′ of 1/4″ Spydura synthetic rope, Epic hawse fairlead, rockerbar digital
    control switch and corded digital remote 
  • – AXON 55: 5,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 1/4″ steel rope, roller fairlead, rockerbar digital control
    switch and corded digital remote 
  • – AXON 55-S: 5,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 1/4″ Spydura synthetic rope, Epic hawse fairlead,
    rockerbar digital control switch and corded digital remote
This is the perfect winch for a smaller ATV. The VRX 2500-S with a synthetic rope.

THE VRX

WARN didn’t want to make their winches unattainable to the smaller UTV and ATV users by cutting out their more affordable line. The Vantage line has now been replaced with the VRX. The AXON and VRX share many similar attributes like IP68 waterproofing. We got to witness WARN submerging their winches for over 8 hours without issue. They continued to operate underwater. The drive train to this line is also all-metal and has a smooth operation. The biggest differences lie in the case and they do not contain the AXON’s Motactor technology. 

Both lines use a hub lock switch that has been recessed into the winches housings. The lock is easy to turn with gloves on and has a short rotation so you can easily pull the line out or lock the hub to start pulling your machine out. Mounting times are also not as quick as the AXON line, but that is how WARN was able to provide their premium quality with a more affordable and attainable product. Pricing for the VRX line ranges from $274.99 to $499.99.

VRX is available in three capacities and six configurations: 

  •  VRX 25: 2,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 3/16″ steel rope, roller fairlead, zinc-plated hook,
    handlebar-mounted rocker switch control 
  •  VRX 25-S: 2,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 3/16″ synthetic rope, black hawse fairlead, zinc-plated
    hook, handlebar-mounted rocker switch control 
  •  VRX 35: 3,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 7/32″ steel rope, roller fairlead, zinc-plated hook,
    handlebar-mounted rocker switch control 
  •  VRX 35-S: 3,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 3/16″ synthetic rope, black hawse fairlead, zinc-plated
    hook, handlebar-mounted rocker switch control 
  •  VRX 45: 4,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 1/4″ steel rope, roller fairlead, zinc-plated hook, dash-
    mounted control switch and corded remote control 
  •  VRX 45-S: 4,500 lb. capacity, 50′ of 1/4″ synthetic rope, black hawse fairlead, zinc-plated

Both brand new winch lineup will become available to the public on July 29th. The mounting pattern of the VRX is the same as the Vantage line. New mounting plates and current ones will be updated as well. We can’t wait to get our hands on a new WARN winch and strangely enough, get out machine stuck! Go to www.warn.com for more details.

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